How to Increase Your Hub Count & Hub Traffic
How to Increase Your Hub Count?
If you go to view your profile you will notice icons on the right side of your profile page. Those icons are called accolades and they display your achievements on Hub Pages. One of these accolades displays how many hubs you have published. For example: in my profile that accolade shows 100 and when I move my mouse over it it displays the text lovebuglena has published at least 100 hubs. Now, it does not mean that I wrote exactly a hundred hubs. It just means that I have a minimum of 100 hubs written.
The hub count number that is displayed in the accolade will not change every time you write a hub. If you have 50 hubs written and you write one more hub the accolade will remain showcasing that you wrote at least 50 hubs; it won't say you wrote at least 51 hubs. It is done in increments and I have yet to figure out what all of them are. But I do know 10, 50, 100 and 300 are four of them.
To increase the number that will be displayed in that particular accolade is to increase your hub count and you do that by writing more hubs. The more hubs you write the higher your hub count and therefore the higher the number that will be displayed in your accolade. The first hub count accolade that appears displays that you have published at least 10 hubs, the next one will say you have published at least 50 hubs, the one after that will say you published at least 100 hubs, and the one after that will say you have published at least 300 hubs. I don't know how many more hubs have to be written for that displayed number to change from 300 to a higher one and I don't know what that exact higher number will be, but I do know that it will change in time. Just keep writing more hubs on a regular basis.
What Topics Should You Write About?
You may be wondering - especially if you are new to Hub Pages - what topics you should write about... Well, you pretty much can write about anything you want to write about, however, there are certain topics that Hub Pages does not allow. If you try to write about something that is prohibited by Hub Pages your hub will not get published most likely but worst of all it may result in you being banned from the site. If you are not sure if the topic you wish to write about is allowed head to the forum section of the site and find out. Better be safe than sorry!
If you find yourself with writer's block, or stuck not knowing what to write about, you can always check out what other hubbers are writing about. This will help you figure what to talk about in your hub. You can also consult with your friends and family or browse the web for potential topics to cover.
How to Increase Your Hub Traffic?
Writing hubs is great but how do you actually get traffic to these hubs? The majority of the traffic will come from search engines like Google. When you write your hub make sure that you have great keywords in your hub content, title, subtitle, summary, and hub link (URL). Do not use the same keywords non-stop in your hub as Google will punish you for that. Use them within reason. I'd say using the keyword twice per 100 words is good.
When people search for things on Google related to your hub you want the link to your hub to appear on the first few pages of search results (if not at the very top of the first page). To help you achieve this - besides working with great keywords - is to share your hubs over the web. Don't simply share your profile link but share actual links to individual hubs. These are key to help you improve search engine rankings on Google.
- Share links to your hubs on social bookmarking sites like reddit, digg, delicious, etc.
- Talk about your hubs on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, MySpace, etc. and be sure to leave links to your hubs.
- Include links to your hubs on your blog, your website, and on other blogs and websites you visit.
Traffic to your hubs doesn't have to come just from search engines. It can come from other websites or from people going directly to your hubs. Share your hubs with your friends and family and ask them to pass them on to their friends and family and ask them to share it with others. The more your hubs are shared the more potential traffic your hubs can get.
Also share your hubs with your followers. There is actually a link on the right side of each hub - Hub Pages Followers - that allows you to share a hub with your hub followers. Though you can share your hub with your hub followers by clicking on this link, it is more designed to share hubs with your followers that have been written by others. Don't use this feature too much to share your own hubs or you may get penalized by Hub Pages.
A good part of your hub traffic comes directly from Hub Pages. Each time that you write a hub it will be displayed in the feed and people that visit Hub Pages - whether they are your followers or not - will be able to see it and click on it. But not everyone may see this feed or notice your hub in the feed. To increase traffic be sure to leave comments on other people's hubs, post an answer to other people's questions, and reply to posts in the forums. This will get you noticed and potentially bring more hub traffic your way, not to mention more followers.
Following other hubbers on Hub Pages and leaving them fan mail can help increase hub traffic as well. If you follow other people and leave them fan mail they may click to view your profile and maybe even read some of your hubs and let others know about you and what you write about. That may interest others and if they check out your work your traffic will increase.
Make sure to be active in the Hub Pages community, not just by writing hubs, but by commenting on hubs, questions, and forums, and helping people out, especially those that are new to the site. This will make you widely known within the community and potentially bring you a great deal of success as more traffic means higher potential earnings.